Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2019

The Five Stans Tour24 Days | Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan

Tour map

The most detailed and prolonged 24-day tour, the Five Stans tour will take you along the route of the Silk Road and will introduce you the beautiful architecture of cities and the unforgettable beauty of nature. You will dive into the culture and history on the Five Stans tour by visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and will learn what has been connecting nations of those countries for centuries.
Spend your first day in Tashkent, before leaving for the crafts centers of the Fergana Valley. Cross the border to Osh, Kyrgyzstan, a quaint little city known through the centuries as a trading center on the Silk Road. Ala-Archa National Park, in the mountains, and Issyk-Kul, a broad alpine lake, show off the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan. Return to Tashkent via Almaty, Kazakhstan’s biggest city, before leaving early in the morning for Khujand. Khujand is a reminder of Tajikistan’s cultural and historical heritage, while Dushanbe shows off the country’s modern side. Once back in Uzbekistan, start with Termez, a nod to the region’s Buddhist history, then get ready for the classic beauties of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. From Registan Square in the center of Samarkand to Ichan-Kala, the walled city in Khiva, these great cities are sure to leave an unforgettable impression with you. The final destination on this best Central Asia tour is Turkmenistan, with the broad Karakum Desert, the remains of ancient cities, and the modern city of Ashgabat.
This is the most comprehensive and best tour of Central Asia for those that want to explore every corner of this region. From the broad avenues of busy cities to the serene peace of natural sights, Central Asia’s best tours show off the diversity and beauty of these countries while also introducing you to the culture and traditions of each place.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
 
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check in at noon. The Five Stans tour starts with sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide. Explore Old City part of Tashkent. There  you will visit Khast-Imam Complex famous for keeping the holy book Quran of Caliph Uthman. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Fergana
 
Drive to Fergana Valley (320 km drive till Fergana city). The steep road* which connects Fergana Valley with the rest of Uzbekistan runs via picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m above sea level). The first stop will be in the city of Kokand where you will visit the Khudoyar Khan Palace, Jami Mosque, Kamol-Kazy Madrasah, Norbut-biy Madrasah. Head to Rishtan town to visit a pottery workshop. Continue driving to Fergana city. Visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park in Fergana. Check in to the hotel for overnight.
*Some parts of the road are under construction.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3: Fergana – border point – Osh – Bishkek
 
In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan border point. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. In Kyrgyzstan meet your local guide and driver and continue to Osh. City tour in Osh. As legends say, Osh was founded by King Solomon ages ago and had an important position on trading routes of the Great Silk Road. Visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), National Museum of History and Archaeology, and Osh bazaar – this market is located at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road. In the afternoon transfer to the local airport for flight to Bishkek. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 4: Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek
 
After breakfast transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km, 50 min.) which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails. Fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs through the alpine gorge surrounded by snowy peaks with steep forested slopes. Enjoy free time or a hike in the park. In the afternoon return to Bishkek for city tour. Visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Statue of Manas. See Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 5: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul
 
In the morning transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (260 km, 4 h.). On the way stop to see Burana Tower. This is a historical complex that marks the original site of Balasagun, a Karakhanid town. Continue driving to Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world (1600 m above sea level). Arrival at the lake, accommodation in a hotel at the North Coast of Issyk-Kul.
Day 6: Issyk-Kul – Bishkek
 
After breakfast transfer to Cholpon-Ata where you will see petroglyphs, the rock carvings under the open sky, visit Ethnographical Museum. Continue to Bishkek (280 km, 4 h.). Arrive in Bishkek, free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek – Almaty
 
After breakfast depart Bishkek and drive to Almaty (250 km, 4 h.). Cross Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border. Continue travelling to Almaty via a newly built highway, see natural landscapes on the way. Arrive in Almaty in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Almaty
 
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Central State Museum and Republic Square. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 9: Almaty – Tashkent
 
Breakfast. You will have some free time until transfer to the airport to fly to Tashkent (672 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Tashkent – Khujand
 
Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Oybek-Fotekhobod (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Khujand (70 km, 1 h.). Sightseeing in Khujand: Republican Historical-Ethnographic Museum, Timur Malik Fortress, Archeological Museum, Mosque and Madrasah of Sheikh Muslehiddin, Panjshanbe Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3 hours
Day 11: Khujand – Dushanbe
 
In the morning depart Khujand and drive to Dushanbe (270 km, 5 h.). The mountain road goes via picturesque Anzob pass (3300 m above sea level). Arrive in Dushanbe and start a city tour: Mosque of Hoji Yakub, National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan, Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Ismail Somoni Monument, and Rudaki Park. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 12: Dushanbe – Termez
 
Transfer to Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border Bratstvo-Sariosiyo (70 km, 1 h.), on the way visit Hissar Fortress where you will see Madrasah Kuhna. Continue driving to the border. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. On Uzbekistan side meet your local guide and driver. Transfer to Termez (180 km, 2 h. and 30 min.). In the afternoon have a short sightseeing tour in Termez: visit Archeology Museum and Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3 hours
Day 13: Termez
 
Continue city tour in Termez: visit Kokildor-Ota Khanaka, Fortress Kirk Kiz – a summer residence of Samani rulers, Sultan Saodat Ensemble, and Zurmala Tower – Buddha's stupa. Continue to Buddhist archaeological site of Fayaztepa. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 14: Termez – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
 
In the morning depart Termez and drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz (290 km, 5 h.). Have a city tour in Shakhrisabz. Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dor-us Siodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Samarkand (90 km, 2 h.). Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 15: Samarkand
 
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby to start a city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 16: Samarkand – Bukhara
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to learn how Samarkand paper from mulberry is made in a traditional way. In the afternoon depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara. On the way stop at Caravanserai Rabat Malik dating back to the 11th century. Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 17: Bukhara
 
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 18: Bukhara
 
Start the second day in this holy city with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 19: Bukhara – Khiva
 
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, today you will pass the same route**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and the Amudarya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
*Since there is only one cafe on the way, you might want to consider preparing a packed lunch before this trip.
**Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.
Day 20: Khiva
 
Today you will visit Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Toshkhovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Try yourself at climbing Islom Khodja Minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 21: Khiva – Kunya-Urgench – Dashoguz – Ashgabat
 
In the morning drive to Turkmenistan border point Shavat-Dashoguz (60 km, 1 h.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Kunya Urgench (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Visit mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla hill.
In the afternoon drive to Dashoguz airport (120 km, 1 h. 30 min.), take an evening flight to Ashgabat (580 km, 50 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 22: Ashgabat
 
After breakfast start sightseeing tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more white marble buildings than any other city in the world. During the city tour you will explore an archaeological site of Old Nisa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. You will visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and newly built Independence Park. Intense and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horse stables and Lenin Monument. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
Day 23: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Mary – Ashgabat
 
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take a morning flight to Mary (370 km, 40 min.). Upon arrival drive to Merv (40 km, 30 min.), an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Discover historical park that includes Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress, and others. Return to Mary Airport to get the flight back to Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 24: Ashgabat – departure
 
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Nights

Tashkent

Miran, Wyndham Tashkent, City Palace

Ichan Qala, Bek, Sharq, Shodlik, Samir, Gloria

2

Fergana

Asia Fergana

Club 777

1

Bishkek

Park Hotel, Ambassador, Smart or similar

Asia Mountains 2, Garden, Futuro or similar

3

Issyk-Kul

Raduga, Raduga West or similar

Raduga, Raduga West or similar

1

Almaty

Atakent Park

Iris

2

Khujand

Khujand Grand, Khujand Deluxe

VatanKhujand Deluxe (mansard room)

1

Dushanbe

Sheraton

Atlas B&B

1

Termez

Meridian

Meridian

2

Samarkand

Sultan, Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand

City, Platan, Billuri Sitora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail, Malika Classic

2

Bukhara

Omar Khayam, Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-Kalon

Amulet, Minzifa, As-Salom, K.Komil, Kukeldash, Zargaron, Kavsar, Fatima, Siyavush

3

Khiva

Asia Khiva, Bek Khiva

Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Malika Khiva, Qosha Darvoza, Old Khiva

2

Ashgabat

Nusay, Oguzkent

Ak-Altyn, Grand Turkmen

3

 

  • All transfers: 1-2 pax on sedan type car, 3-6 pax on minivan/van, 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country with local guides (in Uzbekistan, different guides in each city);
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class tickets for flights Osh-Bishkek, Almaty-Tashkent, Dashoguz-Ashgabat, Ashgabat-Mary-Ashgabat;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Visa support letter for Turkmenistan visa;
  • Dinner on day 5.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunch and dinner);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • A tax of 2 USD per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax (14 USD);
  • Visa support for Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Personal travel insurance.

More similar tours toThe Five Stans Tour

Central Asia on Silk Road Tour

The Central Asia on the Silk Road is the best tour to visit the five countries of Central Asia, as you take 18 days to discover Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and ...

Details
Central Asian Express Tour

For those who want to explore but have limited time, this 8-day tour to four Central Asian countries is perfect. Learn about culture, life and history as you travel around the region on the ...

Details
Capitals of Central Asia

Take a tour on the modern side, visiting Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Astana (Kazakhstan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Discover street life and ...

Details
Central Asia Destinations

Take this two-week tour through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and discover the diversity of the region: ancient cities, endless deserts, high mountains, beautiful ...

Details